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<strong>Local</strong><strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Edition <strong>February</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Norman’s<br />

reason to<br />

return<br />

Jack’s Tracks visits Sutton<br />

Test Drive - Evoque Convertible<br />

<strong>Local</strong> News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Garden Diary Food Home Services<br />






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New Year<br />

New Look<br />

Alongside your new look magazine is a brand<br />

new website, www.locallife247.co.uk, so do<br />

take a look when you have a minute. Among other<br />

things, walkers can download a selection of Jack’s<br />

Tracks and readers can enter competitions, upload<br />

photos and register to get a free online copy of <strong>Local</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> every month.<br />

The major change on the website is the launch of<br />

Events2go, our new local what’s on guide. Events2go<br />

is a calendar of events, constantly updated by our<br />

staff and by event organisers.<br />

Events2go is on the website, it’s a fast-growing<br />

Facebook page and it will play a major part of the<br />

magazine from March too. If you’re a Facebook user,<br />

do give Events2go a ‘like’ when you’re next online,<br />

and we’ll do our best to inspire you<br />

And if you organise any sort of event, from meetings<br />

to fairs, fundraisers or the local pub quiz night,<br />

Events2go gives you the tools to publicise your<br />

event/s absolutely FREE. Simply visit the website,<br />

click on Events2go, and upload details and even<br />

a picture or poster if you have one. Those details<br />

will be used on the website, in our magazines, on<br />

social media and, later this year, in an Events2go<br />

newsletter, emailed weekly to thousands of people.<br />

Time to get out and about everyone, spring is in<br />

sight and Events2go is a pretty good place to start!<br />

See you next time<br />

David Sudworth, Editor

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In this issue<br />

Norman’s reason to<br />

return<br />

Regulars<br />

25 Class From The Past<br />

30 Planning<br />

32 Puzzle Corner<br />

43 Jack’s Tracks<br />

47 Test Drive<br />

50 Garden Diary<br />

36<br />

Marcus at<br />

home<br />

40<br />

Jack’s Tracks visits<br />

Sutton<br />

43<br />

Test Drive<br />

Evoque<br />

Convertible<br />

47<br />

Angie Barker’s<br />

Garden<br />

Diary<br />

50<br />

Sections<br />

6 <strong>Local</strong> News<br />

40 Food & Drink<br />

47 Motoring<br />

50 Gardening<br />

52 Home Services<br />

Next issue - March <strong>2017</strong><br />

Advertising deadline - Thursday, 28 <strong>February</strong><br />

Published - Friday, 10 March<br />

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Dawn’s delight<br />

Dawn Rogers was the lucky winner<br />

of our recent festive hamper<br />

competition.<br />

The Rainhill resident, who lives on Deepdale Drive,<br />

received her prize just before Christmas.<br />

Her name was among several which were pulled<br />

out of the hat for our popular annual giveaway.<br />

Other winners were Kathryn Latham, of Chapel<br />

Lane, Coppull, Glenda Lowe of Whitley, Wigan,<br />

Dorothy Gray, of Girton Ave, Ashton and Eleanor<br />

Jones, of Crosshall Brow, Westhead.<br />

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Lost railways<br />

‘I Remember… The Lost Railways of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>’ is the<br />

topic at a talk by local historian Allan Moore. Allan<br />

will take you along the tracks of time to a bygone era<br />

at <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Central Library on Thursday, <strong>February</strong><br />

14, from 2pm until 3pm. Places must be booked<br />

so contact 01744 676954 or email centrallibrary@<br />

st.helens.gov.uk.<br />

Coffee morning<br />

The Inner Wheel Club is holding a coffee morning<br />

on Thursday, <strong>February</strong> 23, from 10am until noon<br />

at <strong>St</strong> Julie’s Church Hall, Howards Lane, Eccleston.<br />

Tickets are £1 with all of the proceeds going to<br />

local and international charities, there will also be<br />

multiple stalls and a raffle taking place throughout<br />

the morning.<br />

Get Mucky<br />

Mucky Mountains Morris Dancing Group in <strong>St</strong><br />

<strong>Helens</strong> is looking for new members. They dance<br />

many traditional English dances from all over the<br />

country, and are looking for both dancers and<br />

musicians alike. They meet on Thursdays at <strong>St</strong> Mark’s<br />

Gamble Hall on Bishop Road at 8pm. To join, call<br />

Helen 07779 935190 or Jeanette 07885 726261. For<br />

more information visit https://muckymountains.<br />

org.uk<br />

Beer festival<br />

This year’s annual Rainhill Beer Festival has been<br />

confirmed for the weekend of November 9, 10<br />

and 11. Organisers are looking for potential<br />

sponsors to get in touch. For further details, visit<br />


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Enid honoured<br />

A Prescot woman has been honoured<br />

for her work in the local arts scene.<br />

Enid Pennington received a British Empire Medal for<br />

her tireless efforts on behalf of the Theatre Royal. She<br />

was a founder member of the Friends of the Theatre<br />

Royal in 1984 and has been a board member and<br />

chairman for over 20 years.<br />

In 2009, when the Theatre Royal roof was beyond<br />

repair, she helped to set up an appeal; inviting<br />

members of the public to have their names put on a<br />

seat of their choice at a cost of £100.<br />

Enid said: “It may not be generally known, but the<br />

Theatre Royal Trust receives no funding and relies<br />

on rent from a tenant and whatever money the<br />

Friends raise during their fundraising activities. This<br />

enables us to keep the structure of the building in a<br />

good state of repair. So anything the public can do to<br />

help maintain this very old Theatre, would be greatly<br />

appreciated.”<br />

In the past year, Enid has reinstated the Name on<br />

Seat idea. For a form, ring Enid on 0151 426 6180.<br />

To become a Friend of<br />

the theatre, ring Andrea<br />

Molyneux on 01744<br />

602542.<br />

To make a donation<br />

towards current repairs,<br />

write to Mr R. B. Platt,<br />

Alpine House, 28 Church<br />

Road, Rainford, WA11 6HE.

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Rainhill’s buzzing!<br />

Rainhill Women’s Institute has a meeting to put the<br />

spring into your garden! Entitled Make Your Garden<br />

Buzz, members welcome Paul Quigley, who is head<br />

gardener at Norton Priory. The talk will take place<br />

in the Teak Room, Rainhill Village Hall, at 7.30pm<br />

on Tuesday, <strong>February</strong> 21. Entry is £1. For more<br />

information visit http://rainhillwi.com/<br />

Go moonlighting<br />

<strong>Local</strong>s are being encouraged to put their best<br />

feet forward for the 11th Willowbrook Hospice<br />

Moonlight Walk. It starts at Willowbrook – The<br />

Living Well building - on Borough Road at 9pm<br />

on Wednesday, June 10. The walk will include lots<br />

of entertainment and even a brand new colour<br />

splash section, so be prepared to get messy! Tickets<br />

are £15 for adults and £5 for children. For more<br />

information contact events@willowbrookhospice.<br />

org.uk call 01744 453798 or to register for this event<br />

visit https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.<br />

co.uk/MLW<br />

<strong>St</strong>orytellers Aloud<br />

<strong>St</strong>orytellers Aloud is hosted at Eccleston Library on<br />

the first and third Wednesday of every month. Take<br />

the children down to listen to a story at 3.30pm<br />

with activities to follow. A similar event, Read and<br />

Rhyme, is also hosted at the Broadway facility every<br />

Monday at 2pm and Friday at 10.30am. All are<br />

welcome to go along and enjoy the books, music<br />

and other activities available. For more events,<br />

follow STHLibraries on Facebook.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> in the 1950s<br />

Want to know more about <strong>Life</strong> in the 1950s? Graham<br />

<strong>St</strong>irrup talks about the decade as a guest speaker<br />

at Queen’s Park <strong>Local</strong> History Group’s meeting on<br />

Monday, <strong>February</strong> 13. It starts at 7pm at Sprayhurst<br />

Social Club on Boundary Road, <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>.. For any<br />

more information contact Pat on 07746 229 122.

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New homes bid<br />

An Eccleston monastery could be<br />

demolished for a new housing estate.<br />

Jones Homes and The Discalced Carmelites are<br />

applying for permission to bulldoze the existing<br />

buildings, apart from the lodge, and erect 12 new<br />

homes at the Green Lane site.<br />

There has been a monastery on the plot since at least<br />

the 1770s, although the current buildings are from<br />

the 20th Century - the earliest being 1914.<br />

Papers submitted with the planning application<br />

to <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council state: “The Carmelite<br />

Monastery buildings are of medium significance<br />

for architectural and aesthetic values. It lacks the<br />

architectural quality of other Carmelite monasteries,<br />

including the locally listed Carmelite Monastery at<br />

Golders Green, Liverpool. Compared to Catholic<br />

churches and associated buildings by well-known<br />

regional architects such as Edmund Kirby, this is a<br />

very plain example of an early 20th Century Catholic<br />

complex. The retention of the convent buildings<br />

is not feasible for two key reasons; the Sisters are<br />

opposed to the former convent buildings being<br />

converted for residential use, for religious and<br />

philosophical reasons, and would not sell the site if<br />

residential conversion was proposed. Also, to adapt<br />

the buildings, particularly the church, for residential<br />

use would entail a substantial level of change that<br />

would further reduce their heritage value.<br />

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Another say on Green Belt<br />

<strong>Local</strong>s will get at another chance to<br />

comment on controversial plans for<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>’ Green Belt.<br />

A consultation - which would mean land across<br />

the borough developed - ended just a few weeks<br />

ago. The council says it is now considering those<br />

responses and will publish a second draft of its <strong>Local</strong><br />

Plan in late summer, followed by another round of<br />

public consultation.<br />

In theory, the proposals, which involve land in<br />

Windle, Eccleston and Rainhill, could be radically<br />

altered. However, planners would still need to<br />

identify sufficient land to meet government housing<br />

targets.<br />

Current sites in the frame include:<br />

• Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill Road (968<br />

homes)<br />

• Higher Barrowfield Farm, Houghton’s Lane,<br />

Eccleston (8 homes)<br />

• Land south of A580 between Houghtons Lane and<br />

Crantock Grove, Windle (977 homes)<br />

After the next round of consultation, the final draft<br />

will be submitted to a government-appointed<br />

Planning Inspector in autumn, with a pre-hearing<br />

due to take place before Christmas.<br />

An Examination in Public is pencilled in for <strong>February</strong>-<br />

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The final part will see <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council adopting a<br />

<strong>Local</strong> Plan sometime in September or October 2018.<br />

The current plans have caused uproar in certain<br />

areas, with action groups being formed to fight the<br />

proposals.<br />

Campaigners were recently dealt a huge blow after<br />

<strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council granted permission for a largescale<br />

warehouse operation just off the East Lancs<br />

Road at Pewfall. The land is currently designated<br />

as Green Belt, although in the emerging <strong>Local</strong> Plan<br />

proposals, the idea has been put forward to release<br />

it from its protected status.<br />

Details of local protest groups can be found at<br />

www.facebook.com/residentsagainstrainhill/ and<br />

facebook.com/groups/saveecclestonsgreenbelt/<br />

A protest poster on Broadway, Eccleston

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Valentines Day<br />

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• Salt & pepper onion petals with sour cream<br />

• Curried mussels with freshly baked bread<br />

• Chest of wings served with bbq or piri piri dips<br />

• Soup of the day<br />

To Finish<br />

• warm chocolate fudge cake<br />

with vanilla ice cream<br />

• sticky toffee pudding<br />

with a creamy custard<br />

• cheese board<br />

Mothers Day<br />

DINNER<br />

To <strong>St</strong>art<br />

• Soup of the day served with a warm crusty roll<br />

• Chicken liver parfait served with a red onion marmalade and lightly toasted sourdough<br />

• Crispy calamari with a piri piri & lemon mayonnaise<br />

• Chest of chicken wings with a BBQ or Piri piri sauce<br />

• Whitebait with a dill mayonnaise<br />

Entrees<br />

£35 pp<br />

Includes a bottle<br />

of house wine<br />

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• Pan fried hake fillets<br />

served on a bed of creamy mashed potato with spinach,<br />

tomato & piri piri dressing<br />

• Supreme of chicken<br />

filled with a spicy chorizo sausage served with a fondant<br />

potato with a parsley & shallot cream<br />

• 10oz prime ribeye<br />

with roasted mushroom, vine tomatoes and a pepper sauce<br />

• Aubergine melts<br />

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• 3 meat carvery with a selection of<br />

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• warm chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream<br />

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• cheeses with crispy celery sticks and a tangy onion marmalade<br />

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Wedding Fair<br />

Sunday 19th March<br />

We Will be showcasing our<br />

Amazing Venue along with Several<br />

<strong>Local</strong> Wedding Suppliers offering<br />

you ideas for your special day<br />

Come along between 11.30am and 4.00 pm and we will be on hand to answer any questions<br />

Free Admission ~ Free Parking ~ Prize Draw<br />

Blundells Hill Golf Club<br />

More than just a golf club…


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Windle charity help<br />

If you, or someone you know is suffering from<br />

financial hardship, then Windle United Charity<br />

may be able to help. Applicants must live within<br />

the boundaries of the Ancient Township of Windle,<br />

which stretches as far as Moss Bank, Carr Mill,<br />

Fingerpost and much of the town centre. Apply<br />

in writing to Mr. Paul Bargery Haygarth, Jones<br />

Solicitors, 8 Hardshaw <strong>St</strong>reet, <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> WA10<br />

1RE. All applications are treated in the strictest<br />

confidence.<br />

Rainbow invite<br />

Girls aged five in Eccleston are invited to joining the<br />

local Rainbows group. It meets on Christ Church<br />

Lower Hall on Mondays from 5.45pm-6.45pm. Call<br />

Anne Quayle on 01744 22963.<br />

Players wanted<br />

Woodwind or brass players are needed for <strong>St</strong><br />

<strong>Helens</strong> Concert Band. They meet on Wednesdays,<br />

at 7.30pm, at <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Cricket Club, Windleshaw<br />

Road. Call Keith Owen after 6pm on 0151 724 5563<br />

or visit www.sthelensconcertband.co.uk<br />

10k training<br />

People preparing for the forthcoming <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong><br />

10k are being urged to others in a regular training<br />

session. Join the Team trains every Tuesday, 6pm-<br />

7pm at Queen’s Park Health and Fitness Centre or<br />

Selwyn Jones Sports Centre. There’ll also be an extra<br />

chance to train on Saturday, <strong>February</strong> 25, from 7am-<br />

8am at Queen’s Park. Race day is on Sunday, March<br />

5. Runners aged over 16 of all abilities are welcome,<br />

but they need to wear some hi-vis clothing.<br />

For further details call 01744 671717 (Queen’s Park)<br />

or 01744 677970 (Selwyn Jones).

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Tell Us Your <strong>St</strong>ory!<br />

<strong>Local</strong> <strong>Life</strong> is always<br />

on the look out for<br />

news stories from the<br />

local communities<br />

we serve. Are you<br />

raising money for<br />

charity? Are you<br />

a member of a<br />

community group<br />

with something<br />

to shout about?<br />

Maybe you’ve got<br />

an unusual talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let<br />

us know and you could be appearing in the next<br />

edition!<br />

Simply contact us on sthelensnews@locallife247.<br />

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.<br />

Prescot awards<br />

Entries are being accepted for the Prescot<br />

Community Recognition Awards. Organised by the<br />

town council, it seeks to recognise those who have<br />

had a positive impact on individuals and the wider<br />

community.<br />

A spokesman said: “Prescot has a strong community,<br />

sometimes the efforts of particular individuals and<br />

groups stand out as being above and beyond that of<br />

a usual citizen. These groups and individuals are not<br />

always aware of the positive impact they can have,<br />

on both individuals and the wider community, and<br />

can go largely unsung for their actions.”<br />

If you know of someone deserving of the award,<br />

complete a nomination form and return it to the<br />

Town Council by the April 30. Nomination forms are<br />

available to download at www.prescottowncouncil.<br />

com as a Microsoft Word document, or call in at<br />

Prescot Town Hall, Warrington Road, to pick up a<br />





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Sale sparks interest<br />

The future of a historic Rainhill<br />

building could become clearer in the<br />

next few month.<br />

Loyola Hall, which was put for up sale with a £1.25m<br />

price tag last year, has prompted interest from a<br />

number of potential investors.<br />

The country house was built by businessman<br />

Bartholomew Bretherton in 1824. The site was sold<br />

to the Society of Jesus in 1923 and subsequently<br />

used as a Catholic retreat centre until 2014.<br />

Members of Rainhill Civic Society’s committee met<br />

a representative of the agents handling the sale of<br />

Loyola Hall at the Hall recently.<br />

decided yet, a number of prospective buyers have<br />

shown interest in the site.<br />

A society spokesman said: “Their ideas cover a range<br />

of options for the use of the buildings and land.<br />

Offers to buy will be considered in the next few<br />

weeks.<br />

“Any proposal by a buyer will be subject to a formal<br />

planning application to <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council. A major<br />

issue, recognised by all, is whether the site should be<br />

removed from the protection of the Green Belt.<br />

“ The main building is Grade 2 listed and any changes<br />

to it would need approval from Historic England.”<br />

It has emerged that although nothing has been<br />

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the final day for submission to <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Council’s<br />

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First prize is a £35 book token and £75 worth of<br />

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worth of books for your school library. Call in to any<br />

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Model rail exhibition<br />

Rainhill Model Railway Club will be holding its<br />

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A fundraiser for the Helen Marie Charity takes<br />

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Andy’s gruelling challenge<br />

A <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> soldier who survived<br />

being blown up in Afghanistan is<br />

undertaking a gruelling challenge for<br />

charity.<br />

Andy Reid, who grew up on Windleshaw Road,<br />

Dentons Green, is attempting to cycle 400 miles,<br />

complete 125 miles of kayaking and climb 17,500 ft.<br />

To be staged over 14 days, this is going to be a<br />

gruelling task for anyone, but especially Andy, who<br />

lost two legs and an arm in the 2009 incident in<br />

Helmand Province.<br />

Andy, who went to Windleshaw Primary and now<br />

lives in Rainford, is doing it alongside another<br />

Afghanistan veteran Glen Hughes, who is recovering<br />

from Post-Traumatic <strong>St</strong>ress Disorder. The event -<br />

called Warrior Challenge - is in memory of six soldiers<br />

who lost their lives when their armoured vehicle was<br />

caught in an explosion in Kandahar Province in 2012.<br />

Five of the men were from Andy’s regiment.<br />

Monies raised with go to ABF - The Soliders’ Charity<br />

and <strong>St</strong>yle For Soliders, which makes morale-boosting<br />

clothing for injured servicemen.<br />

From June 16-29, the team will cycle 500 miles from<br />

Lytham to Devizes and kayak 100 miles from Devizes,<br />

Wiltshire, to Westminster as they visit the graves of<br />

six soldiers . They will be travelling through Lytham<br />

<strong>St</strong> Annes, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Bradford, <strong>St</strong><br />

<strong>Helens</strong>, Warrington, Gloucester, Bath, Warminster,<br />

Devizes and Westminster.<br />

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Planning Matters<br />

Eccleston<br />

5 Millfields: Demolition of existing bungalow<br />

and erection of a four-bedroom dwelling (ref:<br />

P/<strong>2017</strong>/0078/FUL). A decision is due soon.<br />

Rainhill<br />

<strong>St</strong>oney Lane Bridge: Works to bridge parapets in<br />

line with electrification of railway (ref:<br />

P/<strong>2017</strong>/0022/PN18). A decision is due soon.<br />

Sutton<br />

43 Junction Lane: Conversion of ground floor<br />

to a residential flat and external alterations. (ref:<br />

P/<strong>2017</strong>/0016/FUL). A decision is due soon.<br />

Windle<br />

65 <strong>St</strong> Georges Avenue: Single storey front, side and<br />

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Puzzle Corner<br />


Find the hidden words<br />

S G U F P S J Y T<br />

B A A R O P A L E<br />

M A M E R C U R Y<br />

P L A T I N U M M<br />

P U G G N E E E E<br />

Y M N C N T T N T<br />

D I E A G E O C I<br />

Z N S C O P P E R<br />

I I I O L O N D O<br />

T U U T D L L E N<br />

G M M I O I N S Y<br />

E R A T L H U R E<br />

R S I L V E R M E<br />

GOLD<br />


SILVER<br />

COPPER<br />


SODIUM<br />



IRON<br />


1<br />

5<br />

6 2<br />

2<br />

8<br />

7 9<br />

CLUE: London, Paris and<br />

Charles<br />

Trace a path through all the<br />

letters to find the word or<br />

phrase that fits the clue.<br />

8<br />

SUDOKU<br />


8 2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

8 1<br />

7<br />

6<br />

8<br />

6<br />

8 3<br />

4<br />

A T E I<br />

L A S T<br />

E T W I<br />

O F O C<br />

4<br />

5<br />

A bride took her bridesmaids out for a meal.<br />

Each ordered a different type of starter, main<br />

and pudding. Can you work out what they all<br />

ate using the clues below?<br />

CLUES<br />

1. The bridesmaid who<br />

chose an omelette to<br />

follow her mushroom<br />

soup was not Claire.<br />

2. The bridesmaid who<br />

ordered tomato soup<br />

finished off her meal<br />

with ice-cream.<br />

3. Jane’s meal started off<br />

with vegetable soup.<br />

4. The smoked salmon<br />

was finished off with<br />

chocolate mousse.<br />

All the puzzle solutions are on page 47 of this magazine



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Norman’s reason to<br />

return<br />

David Sudworth meets the Whiston actor whose directing debut is<br />

winning both rave reviews and industry awards<br />

Norman Gregory has one of those faces you instantly recognise. Which is<br />

just as well when you’re stood waiting for him in the middle of The Adelphi<br />

foyer at the exact time that three coach loads of tourists decide to check in.<br />

“I’ve grabbed a table over here,” says Norman, leading me through the bustling<br />

crowd to the Liverpool hotel’s palatial dining area.<br />

Brought up in Whiston and a former student<br />

at West Park Grammar in <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, the former<br />

Brookside actor now lives in Poole, Dorset. But he’s<br />

clearly pleased to be back on home turf. And that’s<br />

because he’s talking about his directing debut in<br />

the critically-acclaimed and award-winning film A<br />

Reason To Leave.<br />

More of that later because, for now, he’s happy to<br />

reminisce.<br />

“When I did Brookside, I stayed here at The Adelphi. It<br />

was a really low time for Liverpool in the early 1980s.<br />

Even Woolworth’s was boarded up, and remember<br />

thinking to myself: ‘My God, that’s the last place<br />

you’d expect to be boarded up in Liverpool’.<br />

“The Adelphi was a really exclusive place when my<br />

mum and dad were younger, so while I was here and<br />

they were visiting, I got the staff to do afternoon tea<br />

for them. They were absolutely made up.”<br />

family moved out to Whiston when he was still young.<br />

Born in Liverpool, just off Walton Road, Norman’s<br />

“It was 1942 and my mum, Norah, actually got a mortgage on her own, which was<br />

unheard of in those days, because my dad, Chris, was away in the war. Mum is still<br />

going strong at the grand age of 97!”

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Norman with his mum Norah, now 97<br />

The Gregorys moved into 10 Willis Close, just off<br />

Windy Arbor Road, and Norman attended <strong>St</strong> Luke’s<br />

School: “I later went to <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong> Grammar (West<br />

Park) but I wasn’t a success story there. I only got<br />

one O-Level in art. I remember phoning up my<br />

father and he battered the hell out of me,” he laughs.<br />

“I do remember we had a teacher there we<br />

nicknamed Jinxy. We only had him for one term so<br />

I don’t remember his real name, but I do remember<br />

he worse a denim shirt, which was unheard of at<br />

the time. He taught us Macbeth and that’s when I<br />

realise how exciting Shakespeare could be.”<br />

After leaving school,<br />

Norman became a<br />

photographer and spent<br />

time in Africa, including<br />

during the Nigerian civil<br />

war, where he would<br />

provide aerial survey<br />

shots. And it was while he<br />

was in Africa that he first<br />

As a <strong>St</strong> Luke’s pupil<br />

caught the acting bug: “I was in Johannesburg and<br />

a guy asked me to an anti-drugs campaign video.<br />

That went fine and when I came back to the UK I<br />

met this old boy who could open a few doors for<br />

me. I then trained at RADA, so that’s how it all began<br />

really.”<br />

One of Norman’s earliest roles was when he<br />

appeared as Detective Sergeant Thornton in<br />

Coronation <strong>St</strong>reet. Since then, he’s appeared in TV<br />

classics such as The Professionals, Solider Soldier,<br />

Emmerdale, EastEnders, Taggart and long-running<br />

police series The Bill. It was during his stint at<br />

Sun Hill Police <strong>St</strong>ation that he worked with Mark<br />

Wingett, who played DC Jim Carver.<br />

Playing opposite Bernard Youens (<strong>St</strong>an Ogden) in Coronation <strong>St</strong>reet in 1978

38<br />

So when it came to casting the lead role of Harry in<br />

A Reason To Leave, Mark was a natural choice.<br />

“Mark is a really great actor and a good guy as<br />

well. The thing is, we had no money so people<br />

were only getting paid expenses. Mark’s agent at<br />

the time, perhaps understandably, wasn’t keen<br />

but I managed to make contact with Mark directly<br />

through a casting director I know. Once he read the<br />

script, Mark immediately said yes.”<br />

A Reason to Leave tells the story of middle aged<br />

Harry (Wingett), whose drinking and gambling lead<br />

him to make a terrible mistake. He meets a young<br />

“We’re so proud of the<br />

finished result”<br />

woman, played by Alice Bird, (of Footballers’ Wives<br />

fame) on a ferry and she offers him the chance of a<br />

new life. Filming took place in Dorset and Tuscany,<br />

where they literally took over a small village, but<br />

the idea came while Norman was undertaking a<br />

masters degree in digital film direction.<br />

“I remember a news item I’d seen about a publican<br />

who had stolen the pub’s Christmas fund and<br />

disappeared. He jumped off the cross Channel<br />

ferry and drowned. I wondered what would have<br />

happened had he not drowned, but started a new<br />

life abroad. I liked the idea that Harry would find<br />

redemption in an Italian vineyard, ironically given<br />

that alcohol was the cause of his downfall.”<br />

Norman admits that despite casting famous<br />

actors, which also include Claire King, formerly of<br />

Emmerdale, he had been surprised it has scooped<br />

so many accolades. To date, A Reason To Leave<br />

has won three prestigious awards including Best<br />

Director at the Milan International Film Festival.<br />

“I knew I had a great script and fantastic actors, but<br />

the film’s success has been a wonderful surprise.<br />

Making the film wasn’t easy. I had to call in a few<br />

favours. But we’re so proud of the finished result”<br />

A Reason To Leave is now available to rent or buy<br />

at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/areasontoleave<br />

or via www.areasontoleave.com<br />

Norman (right) overseeing filming of A Reason To Leave in Tuscany at dusk


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Food & Drink<br />

Marcus at home<br />

By Claire Spreadbury<br />

Marcus Wareing is a serious chef. Whether<br />

you’ve watched him on MasterChef, Great<br />

British Menu, or in one of his three restaurants, it’s<br />

a word you’d definitely use to describe him. And he<br />

wouldn’t disagree.<br />

“I am serious,” says the 46-year-old. “I’m serious<br />

because I need to take my job seriously, and because<br />

there is a lot at stake. I take everything I do seriously,<br />

but I also now enjoy a lot more and am a little more<br />

open-minded.”<br />

It’s perhaps this new, (slightly) more relaxed persona<br />

“When I think of ‘home’, it’s all about the kitchen, the<br />

that has brought about his latest release, Marcus At<br />

family, laughing and arguing,” says the chef, who<br />

Home, which is fit to burst with recipes that very<br />

hails from Southport, but now resides in Wimbledon<br />

normal folk can try their hand at. And it’s all been<br />

(he recommends a deli there called Bayley And Sage,<br />

inspired by family cooking.<br />

if you’re ever in the area, for the “best fresh fruit and<br />

“I love watching my family enjoy food that we’ve<br />

produce”).<br />

made together and my wife makes a brilliant<br />

And now the kids are growing up, cooking together<br />

lasagne,” says the father-of-three, who’s married to<br />

is something that’s happening more often.<br />

Jane, 45. “I think now, because the children are more<br />

aware of food and are trying more, we as a family are “It can be hell at times, but it is mostly fun,” he says,<br />

starting to diverge into bigger flavours, spicier food, eyes twinkling and a smile spreading across his face.<br />

and just a lot more variety. The kids are not so young “What annoys me about cooking with children - even<br />

any more - they love their food and are growing up. though I do love it - is the mess. Jess always wants to<br />

It’s really challenged me to do something I’ve never cook cakes, Archie will get involved in cookery with<br />

done before, which is focus on food at home.”<br />

his mum and he makes a mean salad sandwich. But<br />

Jake is all about fry-ups, and he hates cleaning up.”<br />

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Pumpkin soup<br />

with maple-toasted seeds<br />

Method<br />

Peel and quarter the pumpkin, reserving the skin<br />

and seeds.<br />

Cut the pumpkin flesh into rough 2cm chunks, and<br />

set aside.<br />

Put the skin, seeds, trimmings, bay leaf and<br />

rosemary in a large saucepan. Cover with about 2.5<br />

litres water, bring to the boil and simmer for one<br />

hour. <strong>St</strong>rain and reserve the stock.<br />

Serves 8<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 pumpkin, preferably with blue/grey skin, 2kg<br />

approx<br />

1 bay leaf<br />

1 sprig of rosemary<br />

125g butter<br />

1tsp sea salt<br />

250ml milk<br />

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper<br />

For the maple-toasted seeds:<br />

60g pumpkin seeds<br />

1tbsp maple syrup<br />

1/2tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve<br />

1/4tsp sea salt<br />

While the stock is simmering, preheat the oven to<br />

200C/180C fan/gas 6.<br />

To make the seeds, mix together the pumpkin<br />

seeds, maple syrup, olive oil and salt. Scatter evenly<br />

on a baking tray and bake for eight to 10 minutes,<br />

until golden. Remove and allow to cool, then<br />

roughly chop.<br />

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium<br />

heat, and add the pumpkin chunks and one<br />

teaspoon of salt. Cook for about five minutes, until<br />

the pumpkin starts to soften.<br />

Pour in about half of the pumpkin stock and bring<br />

to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, until the pumpkin<br />

is completely soft and starting to break down. <strong>St</strong>ir<br />

in the milk, remove the rosemary sprig and bay leaf.<br />

Using a stick blender (or transfer to a food<br />

processor), blitz until completely smooth, adding<br />

more stock as required. Season to taste.<br />

Serve the soup hot, scattered with the mapletoasted<br />

pumpkin seeds and drizzled with oil.

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Braised cod with herb<br />

vinaigrette, toasted broccoli,<br />

sprouts & chestnuts<br />

Serves 8<br />

Ingredients<br />

4tbsp olive oil<br />

4 thick skin-on cod fillets<br />

250ml chicken or vegetable stock<br />

1 head of broccoli, broken into florets<br />

12 Brussels sprouts, quartered<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

100g fresh or vacuum-packed chestnuts, finely<br />

chopped<br />

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper<br />

For the vinaigrette:<br />

1/4 bunch of tarragon, leaves picked and finely<br />

sliced<br />

1/4 bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely sliced<br />

2tbsp capers, chopped<br />

1/2 red onion, finely chopped<br />

4tbsp white wine vinegar<br />

150ml extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped<br />

Method<br />

To make the vinaigrette, mix all the ingredients<br />

together and set aside.<br />

Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, nonstick<br />

frying pan over high heat. Season the cod well<br />

with salt and pepper and carefully place in the pan,<br />

skin-side down. Cook for a couple of minutes until<br />

the base of the cod is nicely browned, then turn<br />

over.<br />

Pour in 200ml of stock and cover the pan loosely<br />

with foil.<br />

Reduce the heat and simmer for a maximum of five<br />

minutes, until the cod is just cooked through.<br />

Heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil<br />

in a wide frying pan, over high heat until almost<br />

smoking. Add the broccoli and sprouts and fry until<br />

browned.<br />

Pour in the remaining 50ml of stock and add the<br />

crushed garlic, then reduce the heat slightly. Cook<br />

for a few minutes until the vegetables are just<br />

tender, then stir in the chestnuts.<br />

To serve, divide the vegetables between plates<br />

and sit the cod on top. Drizzle generously with the<br />

herbed vinaigrette and serve straight away.

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By rights, this walk shouldn’t even be possible.<br />

When Sutton Manor Colliery closed in 1991,<br />

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of £23m in the years running up to its demise, British<br />

Coal had already made up their mind.<br />

Today, the site has been transformed into a woodland<br />

which, due to its recently installed Dream artwork, has<br />

seen the likes of Lord Melvyn Bragg pay a visit. Indeed,<br />

the 20 metre high edifice even inspired the opening<br />

ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.<br />

Our walk, however, starts hundreds of miles from<br />

there in the car park at King George V Playing<br />

Fields on Jubits Lane, Sutton Manor (WA9 4BB).<br />

We headed through the park, across Walkers<br />

Lane and in to Brickfields Daisyfield Park. We were<br />

immediately greeted by a stunning apple tree<br />

groaning under the weight of some beautifully<br />

succulent specimens - cue a quick dash back to the<br />

car for a plastic bag!<br />

Once our impromptu foraging had ended, we<br />

followed the path all the way round until it emerges<br />

onto Chester Lane. Again, we cross over and go to<br />

the left and into Brickfields Red Quarry. This takes<br />

you through to Clockface Road. Cross over and go

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site and across the fields until you reach Gorsey<br />

Lane. Word of warning - take care when you reach<br />

the road as it’s very easy to step straight out into the<br />

path of fast moving traffic. Cross the road and go<br />

straight into the parkland opposite. Once in, take<br />

the path to the right and follow that round until you<br />

reach the second path off to the right. Take this path<br />

into Clock Face Country Park. The path comes out<br />

on a grassy area which you cross to pick up the main<br />

path. Here, go left and follow the path all the way<br />

round until you reach the car park. Walk the length<br />

of the car park and onto the long tarmacadam<br />

to the left, this time taking the path through Sutton<br />

Mill Dam. This is a wonderfully shaded spot but you<br />

do need to keep to the right side of the reservoir.<br />

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the steps and take the path that follows the brook<br />

until it emerges on to Mill Lane. At this point, turn<br />

right and continue along the B5204. After you pass<br />

the old, partially demolished railway bridge, take<br />

the first right into Abbotsfield Road. After about 60<br />

metres you see the start of the public footpath on<br />

your left. Take this and follow it past the industrial<br />

path that takes you down and out past the houses<br />

to Clock Face Road. Cross the road and head into<br />

Miners Way Clock Face. This crescent shaped path<br />

takes you to the entrance of Sutton Manor Wood.<br />

You immediately come to a fishing pond where<br />

you go left and then take the first path on the right,<br />

going up the steep climb. Follow this going right to<br />

take the path up to The Dream.<br />

Public art always attracts varying comments but<br />

the word which best sums it up is probably ‘serene’.<br />

It’s the sort of place you could easily spend a

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The Dream<br />

Designed by Jaume Plensa, the man behind the<br />

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first idea - The Miner’s Soul - was rejected by ex-miners<br />

and a local <strong>St</strong>eering Group.<br />

Plensa then shared his original idea for the site, which<br />

was The Dream (he held it back originally, fearing it<br />

possibly too daring/conceptual). The concept was not<br />

only the artist’s response to the brief and the town’s<br />

‘Ex Terra Lucem’ motto, but also directly informed<br />

by Jaume’s conversations with the ex-miners and<br />

other members of the local community about their<br />

aspirations.<br />

A total of 6,160 man-hours were spent on site, during<br />

which time more than 5,500 cups of tea and coffee<br />

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good half an hour and come up with 30 different<br />

interpretations of its ‘meaning’. Likewise, it’s a lovely<br />

spot just to sit, read a book (my own favourite<br />

pastime) or eat your lunch.<br />

After taking in the view, continue all the way<br />

round Sutton Manor Wood. You can either exit<br />

the wood at the old Sutton Manor Colliery main<br />

gates. This is a real treat for those who love their<br />

mining history, with the National Coal Board name<br />

proudly displayed on the wrought iron design.<br />

A demonstration of the past strength and pride<br />

in an industry which once brought home the<br />

bacon to many local kitchen tables, brought low<br />

by a combination of cheap fuel from abroad and<br />

environmental considerations.<br />

To get back to the car, simply go right to walk back<br />

along Jubits Lane and across to the car park, or<br />

stay in the wood, exiting at the north west corner<br />

opposite the car park.<br />

This five mile walk allows you to see how a northern<br />

town, which has struggled for years to erase the<br />

physical and mental scars of losing its industrial<br />

base, can reinvent itself. The transformation is<br />

ongoing, but whatever the future holds for this part<br />

of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Helens</strong>, its beauty is rightly a source of pride.<br />

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and<br />

footwear while walking. While every care has been<br />

taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the<br />

publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and<br />

hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or<br />

damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from<br />

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Convertible<br />

You have got to ask why people spend so purchase more convertibles than many other<br />

much on a piece of metal with a wheel countries in the EU. Why is this? After all, the UK is<br />

attached to each corner. It almost seems a bit nutty often dank and cloudy. Again, it comes down to<br />

when all most of us want is a tool to get us from A that feel-good factor.<br />

to B.<br />

Going topless when there’s sunshine in our country<br />

But cars aren’t always about transportation. They produces a massive rush - well, it does for me,<br />

can be about our emotions and our egos. Some anyway. It’s a better remedy for melancholia than a<br />

of us use a new car as a status trophy – a badge of happy pill from the GP, I’d bet. But being prescribed<br />

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Western world it’s about pleasure-seeking, too Evoque Convertible has been launched recently.<br />

– and having an easier life. Let’s face it; we would The looks of this SUV take a bit of getting used to,<br />

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can overrule the down-to-earth side of first convertible – Land Rover believes the all-new<br />

As the fifth fellow of the Range Rover club – and the<br />

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car will play a key part in continuing Range Rover’s<br />

Some of us kick the word ‘practicality’ to the kerb tale of success, forging a fresh SUV sector. If industry<br />

anyway. I mean, good grief, in Great Britain we professionals’ prophecies about a 20 per cent

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go back up in approximately 21 seconds.<br />

Inside, the colossal InControl Touch Pro nav is<br />

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Genuinely, the pinch-to-zoom function is as quick<br />

as Apple’s iPad or iPhone.<br />

The Range Rover Evoque drop-top will seat four<br />

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You can go for either a petrol unit or a diesel engine,<br />

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The diesel Evoque Convertible shifts from zero to<br />

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On and off-road, the non-tin-top SUV seems<br />

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I doubt many motorists going for a roofless Range<br />

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The all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible<br />

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